Franklin teacher’s work garners national attention


Franklin teacher’s work garners national attention

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Sally Runge

A Franklin teacher recently participated in setting national standards for accomplished teaching.

Sally Runge, a teacher in the Franklin City School District, was one of 271 teachers across the nation who met in Dulles, Va. to help set the National Board Certification performance standards across 25 certificate areas.

National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) collaborated in groups according to their National Board certificate area/specialty. Each group of NBCTs dedicated one to two intensive days to assist the National Board in setting the performance standard indicating accomplished teaching for part of the content knowledge component for their particular certificate area. Standard setting is a research-based process for establishing a performance standard that indicates accomplished teaching.

National Board Certification is the teaching profession’s mark of accomplished practice. More than 112,000 teachers have achieved Board certification demonstrate their ability to teach to profession’s highest standards.

About the experience, Runge said, “Collaborating with teachers in my standard area, Middle Childhood Art, allowed me the opportunity to play a crucial role in making decisions about performance standards and how teachers in my area will achieve National Board Teacher’s Certification.

Runge, who is nationally certified, teaches art in the district’s elementary schools and has been with the Franklin school district for 20 years, according to Superintendent Michael Sander.

“She’s a really great teacher,” Sander said. “They really picked a good one to review national teaching standards. She’s fantastic.”

“A critical part of the National Board’s mission is to provide a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet the National Board Standards. We could not accomplish that part of our mission without these teachers’ subject matter expertise, dedication, work and vision for the profession of teaching,” said Peggy Brookins, NBCT, president and CEO of the National Board.

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